UEL: Tottenham 2-2 Gent (Aggregate 2-3)


Dele Alli (L) was sent off for Tottenham in the first half

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League at the last-32 stage after a dramatic 2-2 second-leg draw with Gent at Wembley that saw them lose 3-2 on aggregate.


Having levelled the tie in the 10th minute through Christian Eriksen, Spurs suffered a setback when Gent grabbed an away goal after Harry Kane diverted a header into his own net.

Dele Alli was sent off for a reckless challenge on Brecht Dejaegere before half-time, but the hosts still dominated and took the lead on the night when Victor Wanyama fired in on the hour mark. It seemed only a matter of time before Spurs grabbed a third, even with 10 men, but instead it was Gent who snatched a crucial second away goal through Jeremy Perbet in the 82nd minute that put the tie to bed.

Three yellow cards in the final five minutes told the story of Spurs' frustrations on a night when they had 25 shots on goal and their opponents, who are eighth in the Belgian top flight, had just four. And it is yet another disappointing result for Spurs at Wembley, where they have now lost seven of their last eight matches.

Looking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, the hosts, who played three at the back, made a fast start and were soon level on aggregate as Toby Alderweireld's long ball down the right fell for Eriksen, who raced clear and coolly finished. It looked like a second goal would soon arrive as Alli fired wide and Kyle Walker also missed the target after bursting into the box.

But it was Gent who were celebrating in the 20th minute as a deep corner was headed goalwards by Stefan Mitrovic and diverted into his own net by Kane. Despite the setback, which left them needing to score at least two more goals to qualify, Spurs continued to dominate.

Eriksen sliced wide and then played a quickly-taken corner right across the face of goal, before Walker, a continuous threat down the right, saw a powerful shot palmed away by Lovre Kalinic.

But, after Gent almost created a rare chance from another corner, the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Alli slid in recklessly on Dejaegere, going over the ball and catching him near the knee. Even with a man less, Spurs still controlled the game and created openings, with Kane failing to convert in the 57th minute and then inadvertently blocking a goal-bound shot from Eriksen shortly afterwards.

They eventually got a second goal when Eriksen teed up Wanyama to fire in from just inside the area. At that stage it seemed like there was only one winner as Kane almost turned in a cross, Kalinic saved from a corner and then Walker fired into the side-netting.

But Spurs ran out of steam in the final 20 minutes and, after Moses Simon headed a superb chance wide, it was the visitors who booked their place in the last 16 when Kalifa Coulibaly broke and squared for Perbet to finish.

Spurs created further chances as their frustration mounted, but Son blazed over and then Kane shot across goal and wide to cap off a miserable night.


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